It’s often just better to grab an old-fashioned paperback book and jump into nature! There’s just something about feeling the paper’s texture, hearing the pages crinkle lightly in the wind, and smelling the heart and soul penned in every page. Here is a list of Nomad Colorado’s 5 best Colorado hiking trail books.
5 Best Colorado Hiking Trail Books
1) Colorado’s Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs – If you haven’t hiked a Colorado 14er yet, Gerry Roach’s guide is the top of the town (or the top of Colorado anyway). He lays out the routes to Colorado’s heavens in exquisite detail. The maps and trailhead directions are dead accurate. You really can’t ask for much more.
2) 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder: Including Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park – And for those of you living or planning to spend time around Denver, we highly recommend this hiking guide. Extensive key-at-a-glance information makes it easy to choose a hike based on length, difficulty, scenery, and more. It is a Front Range essential!
3) Best Hikes with Kids Colorado – We especially enjoy this book because we have a toddler and constantly search for ways to help her expend energy. The trail suggestions in Best Hikes with Kids Colorado ensure your child will enjoy hiking with you for decades to come!
4) Best Summit Hikes in Colorado – Colorado has 53 14ers, more than 600 13ers, and hundreds of other peaks that can be reached without special equipment. Numerous guides dryly catalog these trails, but Best Summit Hikes in Colorado stands out from them all. From getting to the trailhead to reaching the top of the peak, this guide a one-stop-shop resource.
5) The Colorado Trail, 9th Edition (Colorado Mountain Club Guidebooks) – We used the official Colorado Trail guidebook when we thru-hiked the Colorado Trail in 2003. The photographs are beautiful and the trail descriptions are superb. Whether you’re setting out for a day hike or a six week adventure on the CT, you don’t want to leave home without this amazing resource.
With any of these 5 best Colorado hiking trail books, you’re certain to have countless excursions for years to come.
Colorado’s Best Winter Trails
And we can’t totally ignore old man winter, so here’s our favorite for the snowy months (you can also check out our list of the best snowshoeing trails near Denver):
Winter Trails Colorado: The Best Cross-Country Ski And Snowshoe Trails – This guide leads readers to 50 of the best snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails in Colorado–from Rocky Mountain National Park to Telluride. The best part is that it is designed for everyone, from consummate skiers and snowshoers to beginners and families.